Things you need to know about hybrid car maintenance
Hybrid car engines run on two or more fuel sources. One is combustion based and the other is electricity based. Combustion-based can include gasoline or diesel. However, mostly these vehicles depend on an electric power source to get good mileage on cheap fuel. Electric cars require very little maintenance. In hybrid cars, however, the engine is a combination of electric and conventional fuels, so it requires more than what the electric engine does. Here are a few things you need to know about hybrid car maintenance.
Tire inflation and tread maintenance: Tires are an important part of your vehicle and are easy to maintain. Regardless of the type of car, the impact of the tires will be almost the same. The main aspects to pay attention to are the wear and tread check.
Proper tire maintenance will give hybrid cars more mileage than even normal cars. It will also give a good driving feel.
Replace the tread when it is below the warning line. Otherwise, the car may tip and it is dangerous to drive in icy, hilly and wet places.
Battery Check and Maintenance: Batteries are very important for both hybrid and electric cars. Check the batteries at least once a month. Clean if there is corrosion on the terminals. Check and tighten connections, top up battery water if low. Also check for damage or cracks on the battery and replace if found.
Suspension: No need for regular suspension maintenance. This is one of the common maintenance points for your vehicle. Rarely do shock absorbers or struts eventually need to be replaced.
Check with your brake wear every twenty thousand miles. If you experience a change in condition, consult the professional or your mechanic.
The brushes should be replaced when your car has about eighty thousand miles. Check it out when you’re about to hit that mileage.
Hybrid vehicles also use radiators. Monitor coolant levels and top up if necessary. The radiator rusts and accumulates debris, preventing it from working properly. Therefore, it is necessary to periodically flush or clean it.
Fluids prevent car parts from wearing out quickly and allow trouble-free operation by lubricating them. So check your vehicle’s fluids.
Don’t forget to check your fuel filters regularly. If necessary, replace them. This helps prevent engine stalling.
Most hybrid car manufacturers provide up to an eight-year warranty. Therefore, when problems do occur, they are covered by the warranty. However, proper maintenance will result in a longer life for your vehicle.
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